CARC Visit to Christendom College

5/23/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges President Carthan F. Currin, III met with Christendom College’s leadership team in his first visit to the school since it’s becoming an Alliance member. We are excited about working together to provide greater access to higher education in Virginia, and the Alliance looks forward to hosting Christendom College at our June 21st board meeting in Richmond… Read More

Meet With George Mason

5/15/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

The Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges Special Project Manager Toni Clark and I met with George Mason University School of Business Dean Dr. Ajay Vinze and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Global Engagement Dr. JK Aire to discuss opportunities for collaboration between CARC member institutions and GMU! CARC Loves partnerships and is always looking for new opportunities!… Read More

Gupton Initiative's First Participant

4/25/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges President Carthan Currin, Ferrum College ’84, meets with Sarah Estes, Ferrum College ’21. Sarah is pursuing a PhD in pharmaceutical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University as part of the Gupton Initiative for CARC and will be the program’s first participant!

Saturday Night Spring Fever Gala

4/18/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Former First Lady of Virginia and The Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges Board Member Jeannie Baliles was honored by the Virginia Opera at their Saturday Night Spring Fever Gala on Saturday, April 15th. It was a privilege and an honor to celebrate this occasion with her!

Dr. Mirta M. Martin Interview with John Reid of WRVA

4/12/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Dr. Mirta M. Martin, President at Ferrum College, joined John Reid to discuss their new program to provide free tuition for some students and more.

On Richmond's Morning News, John Reid discusses the top stories of the day from around the world, nationally, in Virginia, and right here in the Richmond area on NewsRadio 1140 WRVA and 96.1 FM.

Listen to the full interview HERE.… Read More

Are Va.'s Big Colleges Driving Small Ones Out of Business?

4/11/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Last fall, Virginia Tech's enrollment surpassed 38,000 students, the largest in school history. The Blacksburg university has grown dramatically in the past two decades, increasing its student body by a third. 

But most colleges aren't enjoying such success. At Radford University, the number of incoming freshmen has crashed almost 40% in the past decade. At Longwood… Read More

Welcome Christendom College

3/29/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges adds Christendom College to Membership

The board of the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges (Alliance) voted to accept the application for membership from Christendom College at the spring meeting in Lynchburg. The Alliance has supported rural access institutions by
providing scholarships since 1965.

"Our mission is to provide our… Read More